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EDUC6403 DETS(A) Dissertation (B)

Module Overview

The dissertation builds on work undertaken across other modules and provides you with an opportunity to undertake a piece of independent research in a chosen topic. Normally, your dissertation will be individually supervised.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the research process and understand methods of data collection and analysis and apply them in a self-reliant manner
  • Analyse and synthesise research findings
  • Produce and present a carefully argued dissertation
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the approaches by which research and critical awareness of debates in education can be utilised to construct a scholarly argument.
  • Critically evaluate an appropriate range of relevant primary source materials and arguments reflected in other sources and propose a relevant area of investigation
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of your chosen dissertation project, its potential impact on practice and the range of relevant scholarly literature and source materials
  • Choose and evaluate a feasible independent research design, project plan and structure
  • Devise appropriate research questions
  • Devise appropriate research methods to undertake a research project
  • Acquire appropriate Ethical and Research Governance approvals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of data collection and analysis methods

Syllabus

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Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

In studying this module you will cover aspects of the following: - Strategies for focusing and managing the research process. - Quantitative and qualitative methodologies and approaches to research. - Key data collection methods (surveys, interviews, focus groups, observation). - Methods for analysing and interpreting data. - Dissertation writing and presentation skills

TypeHours
Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Strauss, A. and J. Corbin (1990). Basics of Qualitative Research. 

Hopkins, D. (2002). A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Research. 

Fink, A. (1998). Conducting Research Literature Reviews. 

Fink, A. (2009). How to conduct Surveys: A Step by Step Guide. 

Kvale, S. (2008). Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing. 

Punch, K. (2009). Introduction to Research methods in Education. 

Wengraf, T. (2002). Qualitative Research Interviewing. 

Rubin, I., & Rubin, H. (2005). Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data. 

Muijs, D. (2004/8). Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. 

Wragg, E. (1999). An Introduction to Classroom Observation. 

Patton, M. (2002). Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods. 

Krippendorff, K. (2004). Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology. 

Willig, C. (2008). Introducing Qualitative Research in Psychology. 

Guba, E., & Lincoln, Y. (1998). Competing paradigms in Qualitative research . In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds). The Landscape of Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues. 

McNiff, J., & Whitehead, J. (2002). Action Research: Principles and Practice. 

Oppenheim, A. (2000). Questionnaire Design. 

Lichtman, M. (2010). Qualitative Research in Education- A User's Guide. 

Creswell, J. (2002). Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. 

Bell, J. (2005). Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. 

Yin, R. (2004). The Case Study Anthology. 

Neuendorf, K. (2002). The Content Analysis Guidebook. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (17000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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